The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship foundation
The Grace Fort Gouldsby
"Helping the Future Grow One Mind at a Time"
The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for the purpose of recognizing high school seniors in the state of Texas who have demonstrated outstanding and committed service in their community as well as academic excellence. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to such students in attaining their educational and career goals.
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Nazhir is a 2020 graduate of The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. He was a member of The Colony High School Marching Band as a percussionist and member of The Colony High Track & Field team. Nazhir is an Honors Freshman beginning his collegiate journey at Prairie View A&M University majoring in Communications with a minor in Music. His career goal after college is to develop his skill set and gift of communicating not just with words, but through sound and to pursue a career in Music Technology
Katherine is a graduate of South Early College High School in Houston, Texas. Throughout high school, she was involved in various organizations such as the National Honor Society, SUPERGirls Shine Foundation, her school’s yearbook committee, and a part of the volleyball and gardening club. She volunteered at her local church as a video and sound technician, Houston Food Bank, and at blood drives held by her school. Katherine is now attending Houston Baptist University where she is majoring in Nursing in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Jered was a member of the Southwest Suburban Dallas Teen Chapter from February of 2014-2018 and last served as Vice-President. During his tenure at Red Oak High School, Jared was their number one player of the varsity tennis team since his freshman year. He was a UIL Tennis State Qualifier his sophomore year and a State finalist his junior year. Jered was the Treasurer of the National Honor Society and graduated number 9 out of 464 graduating seniors.
In the community, Jered volunteers to help teach tennis to children in the Oak Cliff community and to feed the homeless community through Impact Ministries. He is an active member of the Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church and his favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8.
Currently, Jered attends Xavier University of Louisiana majoring in Biology.
She accepted her first teaching assignment at Wynn High School in Garland City, Arkansas where she taught homemaking and coached girls’ athletics. During the various stages of her teaching career, in the colored school system and after integration, she taught Elementary, Junior High and High School. Areas of concentration included the head start program, remedial reading, home economics and Braille instruction. She was an active community leader and worked with children in the 4-H Club, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts (Den Mother) and was a dietician mother and extension agent.
Her family established the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit corporation, on the occasion of her retirement from the teaching profession in June of 1989. It was a means of expressing their love and appreciation for Mrs. Gouldsby’s unsparing devotion to excellence in education.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a meritorious high school graduate to assist in furthering his/her education. The recipients of the award exhibit excellence in leadership and scholarship. The initial Scholarship Committee was selected by Mrs. Gouldsby, which was comprised of members of the community. Today, the Scholarship Committee is comprised of citizens from the community and board members determines awards. Over the years, many people have made generous contributions to the Foundation particularly during the period after Mrs. Gouldsby’s untimely death in 1991. Contributions are tax deductible and go directly into the Scholarship Foundation. The experience, energy and dedication that Grace Fort Gouldsby brought to the field of education greatly enriched our children, our community, and our overall quality of life, and the Scholarship Foundation is one way of continuing her life-long commitment to quality education and quality life.
The Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to the many patrons, fiends, and family members who have supported their efforts to assist these deserving young persons. The goal is to raise enough funds to ensure that the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation will continue in perpetuity, and with your help we can make this goal a reality.
Devotion to Excellence in Education
Grace Fort Gouldsby, shown below with her 1954 3rd grade class in Hooks, Bowie County, TX, is the name sake of the Foundation. She began her teaching career at the historic Center Point School in Pittsburgh, TX, which was a boarding school known for its premier education that educated students from cities and towns across the country.